Translating Eurydice


Auguste Rodin (1840–1917), Orpheus and Eurydice (marble, 1893)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (public domain image)

Translating Eurydice

One-day Conference on Myth in the Twenty-First Century

organised by

The Centre for Myth Studies, University of Essex


Psychosocial Studies, University of East London

Friday, 27 October 2017

Venue: University of East London (Stratford Campus).

Register here: Eventbrite

The Centre for Myth Studies (University of Essex) provides a forum for those working on myth in the UK and across the globe. It exists to raise awareness of the importance of myth within the contemporary world and to promote its interdisciplinary study through international conferences, publications and other forms of academic discourse.

We are pleased to announce a one-day conference to explore the fate of Eurydice translated into our divided, twenty-first century world. Translation is understood in the broad sense of the transference of mythic material across cultures and epochs; it includes, but is not limited to, the rewriting of texts. More specifically, the conference sets out to explore how one particular myth has been adapted to the challenges and traumas of linguistic and cultural displacement in an era of local and global dislocation. How has Eurydice fared in the contemporary world of domestic politics and mass migration? Is she perceived as powerless or has she become newly empowered, freed from the embrace of Orpheus?

The conference runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The programme is organised as a series of plenary papers in the morning and performance sessions after lunch. Speakers will approach the myth of Eurydice from various perspectives, ranging from its literary and artistic reception to its application in the field of psychoanalysis.

There is no charge for attendance, but, to avoid disappointment, those wishing to attend are strongly advised to register in advance as space is limited.

The Stratford campus of the University of East London is a short walk from the Stratford and Stratford International rail stations. It is served by the Jubilee and Central Underground lines, the DLR, and various bus routes. By road, the campus is accessible via the A12, the A13, and the A406 London circular.

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Provisional Timetable

Full details to be confirmed.

Morning session: Three academic papers (30 mins) with questions and comments (15 mins)

Afternoon session: Two performance presentations (90 mins each)